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Species-dependent changes in stomal sensitivity to abscisic acid mediated by external pH.

Prokic, Lj. and Jovanovic, Z. and McAinsh, Martin and Vucinic, Z. and Stikic, R. (2006) Species-dependent changes in stomal sensitivity to abscisic acid mediated by external pH. Journal of Experimental Botany, 57 (3). pp. 675-683. ISSN 1460-2431

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Abstract

The direct effects of pH changes and/or abscisic acid (ABA) on stomatal aperture were examined in epidermal strips of Commelina communis L. and Arabidopsis thaliana. Stomata were initially opened at pH 7 or pH 5. The stomatal closure induced by changes in external pH and/or ABA (10 µM or 10 nM) was monitored using video microscopy and quantified in terms of changes in stomatal area using image analysis software. Measurements of aperture area enabled stomatal responses and, in particular, small changes in stomatal area to be quantified reliably. Both plant species exhibited a biphasic closure response to ABA: an initial phase of rapid stomatal closure, followed by a second, more prolonged, phase during which stomata closure proceeded at a slower rate. Changes in stomatal sensitivity to ABA were also observed. Comparison of these effects between C. communis and A. thaliana demonstrate that this differential sensitivity of stomata to ABA is species-dependent, as well as being dependent on the pH of the extracellular environment.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Botany
Uncontrolled Keywords: ABA ; aperture area ; Arabidopsis thaliana ; Commelina communis ; pH ; stomatal closure
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 8944
Deposited By: Dr Martin R McAinsh
Deposited On: 20 May 2008 11:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 21:13
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8944

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